Hush Hush, the Foundation’s first ever after-hours
New Collection party in the stacks of Bloor/Gladstone
was a huge success with over 300 guests in attendance!

On November 16, not only did we “break all the rules”
(what with the music blaring, tattoo inking and oyster
eating, to name a few), but we also raised over $50,000
in support of Toronto’s Library! We even snuck in a
magician, a typist and dancers.

Click here to view photos from the 2013 event.

About the venue

the bloor/gladstone


The first-ever Hush Hush: New Collection Party takes place after hours at the Bloor/Gladstone library branch. Celebrating its 100th year, this historic site underwent a significant renovation in 2009, receiving international accolades for its innovative and sustainable design (in fact, it’s the first Toronto Public Library branch to have been built with a green roof).

About new collection

The New Collection is a membership group for Toronto’s literary lovers in their 20s and 30s who are committed to supporting the work of the Library. New Collection members enjoy access to exclusive events with prominent writers, artists and leaders.

We believe a literate city is a healthy, vibrant, and engaged city — and that a strong urban public library system is at its foundation.


  • Access to four exclusive New Collection events throughout the year
  • Private behind-the-scenes tours with curators of the Library's special collections
  • Special lectures, programs, exhibits, and events presented by Toronto Public Library
  • Charitable tax receipt for the maximum allowable amount


  • $300 Solo
  • $500 Duo membership for two people
  • $500 Solo with hosting privileges at New Collection exclusive events


Michelle Fong

new collection committee members

Erin Dann
co-chair; Lawyer, Di Luca Barristers

Tatiana Read
co-chair; Director, Knot PR

Devin Connell
Owner, Delica

Gillian Smith
Executive Director & CEO, Institute
for Canadian Citizenship

Nil Koksal
Host, CBC Television

Julian Low
Manager, Commercial Services

Matthew McWhirter
Manager, Monitor Deloitte

Darcy Morris
Co-founder, Ewing Morris & Co.
Investment Partners Ltd.

Jonathan Naymark
Business Development, Torstar Digital

Indira Stewart
Lawyer, Simcoe Chambers

Rebecca Zamon
Editor, Huffington Post Canada

HUSH HUSH committee members

The first-ever Hush Hush: New Collection Party has been organized by a group of Toronto’s most passionate cultural influencers. They include:

Brittney Kuczynski

David Delaney

Aristotle Andrulakis
Quantitative Strategist/
Portfolio Manager,
CQI Capital Management L.P

Ashantie Burke
Institutional Equity Sales,
Industrial Alliance

Sarah Bush
Senior Communications
Manager, Mosaic

Emma Clough
Gallery Associate, Angell Gallery

Jen Kirsch
Relationship Columnist & On-air Personality

Nil Koksal
Host, CBC Television

Kirsten Melville-Gray
Director of Events & Operations,
Jackie O Floral Affairs and
Event Design

Laura Meyer
Publicist, House of Anansi Press

Matthew McWhirter
Manager, Monitor Deloitte

Zack Newton
Associate, Torys LLP

Tatiana Read
Director, Knot PR

Emily Roorda

Adrian de Valois-Franklin
Chief Financial Officer, Excelion


supporting a vital
part of the city

Established as a registered charity in 1997, Toronto Public Library Foundation’s mission is to provide essential resources for the enhancement of Toronto Public Library, one of the world’s busiest urban public library systems. By allocating funds to priority needs not supported by municipal funding, our goal is to help Toronto Public Library thrive.

The Toronto Public Library Foundation believes that the character and quality of a city depends on the resources available to its people. We believe that a great library is a fundamental requirement for any city to achieve its full social and economic potential. We believe that Toronto’s Library is vital to the city, and vital to support.


Toronto Public Library and its 98 branches span the city and anchor its neighbourhoods.

It’s a unique, living/learning resource – of ideas, information, collections, programs, welcoming public spaces, services, and knowledgeable, supportive people – that’s easily accessible through local branches, online and mobile resources.

No other organization delivers free 24/7 access to the vital knowledge resources that make our city economically strong and socially resilient.

Every day, thousands of times a day, our Library makes a difference in the lives of the people of this city: from literacy and lifelong learning to cultural and social connections, our libraries provide safe, open spaces for people to develop on their own or learn with, and from, others. To learn more, visit


  • Toronto Public Library is one of the world’s busiest urban public library systems
  • In 2012, Torontonians borrowed 32 million items
  • In 2012, over 18 million people visited 98 branches
  • There were more than 25 million virtual visits and over 2.5 million wifi users
  • 1.2 million people are registered Toronto Public Library cardholders
  • 72% of Torontonians use Toronto Public Library
  • Collections are comprised of over 11 million items including books, CDs, DVDs and eBooks, with 40 languages represented in library materials
  • Staff answered 7.7 million information requests in 2012
  • 769,534 participants attended 28,075 library programs


meet us in the stacks

Electronic tickets are available for purchase through Tickets are $99.00 for New Collection members and $125.00 for non members, plus taxes and applicable fees.

Buy Tickets

For questions, contact Mimosa Kabir